US stocks dip despite report of solid jobs growth

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:00
New York (AFP) - US stocks opened lower Wednesday despite a solid report on private sector job growth as the market awaited other key economic news. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 17,004.49, down 38.41 points (0.23 percent). The broad-based S&P 500 fell 5.81 (0.29 percent) to 1,966.48, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index declined 13.25 (0.29 percent) to 4,480.14. US private-sector employment increased by 213,000 in September from August,…
The Democrats' war at home
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:00
This article originally appeared on Slate. Sens. Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, and Kay Hagan all serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. With national security in the headlines, that position could give them standing to speak with authority about terrorist threats and what they believe the United States should do to respond to them. But at the moment when the president's response to the threat from ISIS is being criticized, and approval of his handling…
Republican Baker pulls even with Democrat in Massachusetts governor race
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:00
BOSTON (Reuters) - Republican businessman Charlie Baker has pulled even with Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race to be the next governor of Massachusetts, a series of new polls showed. Coakley, who would be the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts, is in a statistical tie with Baker, according to a WBUR/Mass Inc poll released on Wednesday that was the third this week to show the two closely matched.
Dallas reviews possible Ebola exposures
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:51
By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley (Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S.
700-year-old tomb may decide Turkey's role in IS fight
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 07:50
By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn…
Taiwan throws support behind Hong Kong protests
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 07:50
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan, an island that China's ruling Communist Party has long sought to bring into its fold under the same "one country, two systems" arrangement it has for Hong Kong, has thrown its support behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. Taiwanese leaders also have urged Beijing to live up to its pledges of autonomy in the former British colony or risk further alienating the Taiwanese public. "If Hong Kong can soon achieve universal suffrage,…
Does Gov. Chris Christie have a softer edge?
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 06:58
There's no front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but one name always makes the short list: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, Christie said his decision making process regarding whether he will run for president is simple. "Is it right for me? Is it right for my family? And is it right for the country? If I answer all three of those, 'yes,' I'll run.
One year in, Obamacare marketplace still subject to political spin
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:57
One year after the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, the federal website that serves as the Obamacare hub for dozens of states, the views on the 2010 health care law are decidedly mixed. According to the CBS News/ New York Times poll released two weeks ago, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the Affordable Care Act while 41 percent approve. The split comes down along partisan lines -- 83 percent of Republicans said they disapprove of…
Could the U.S. have done more to prevent Ebola from arriving?
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:57
Months after the latest Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, the disease has arrived on U.S. shores with a confirmed case of the virus in Dallas. With it comes the question: could the U.S. government have done more to prevent it from coming here? "I've always said - and I think this confirms it - that there will be a case that comes to the United States and there could easily be more in the…
Protesters to HK boss: Quit or we occupy buildings
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 05:49
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's embattled leader attended a flag-raising Wednesday to mark China's National Day after refusing to meet with protesters who threatened to expand pro-democracy demonstrations unless he resigns and the Chinese leadership agrees to broader electoral reforms. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying took part in the ceremony — marking the anniversary of the founding of communist China in 1949 — as hundreds of protesters behind police barricades yelled at him to step…


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